Emergency Dental Care
in Clearwater, FL
If your little one has a dental emergency or dental trauma and you are unsure what to do, please call our office immediately. We understand that this can be a stressful time for you. Dr. Gyles has worked on numerous dental emergencies throughout his career. He brings a calm and knowledgeable approach to work through any dental emergency and get your little one on the road to a successful recovery.
How to Handle Your Child’s Dental Emergencies
Once you have called our office, there are a few steps you can take to help ensure a more successful appointment.
For a chipped tooth, try to locate the chipped tooth piece and bring it with you. If you cannot find the chipped tooth piece, not a problem. We can treat the tooth with simple bonding.
For a knocked out permanent (adult) tooth, time is of the essence, for a successful repositioning of the tooth. Locate the tooth, picking it up only by the crown (the white part of the tooth). If it is dirty, rinse it off with running water, and reposition the tooth in the socket. Try to line it up with the other teeth and then have your child bite down on a paper towel, gauze or other clean cloth to help keep the tooth in place until you can get to our office.
If you cannot reimplant the permanent tooth, place it in a cup of milk or in a cup of your child’s own saliva and bring it with you.
Apply wrapped ice to any bruised or sensitive areas. If area is bleeding, apply gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 10-15 minutes following the trauma, and cannot be controlled by pressure, call our office.
Cold Sores/Canker Sores
When it comes to canker sores, there are many over-the-counter medications that generally provide relief. However, please call Shiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry if you have further concerns or your child continues to have discomfort.
Clean around the sore area. Have your child rinse with warm salt water and try to dislodge any trapped food or debris that may be causing the discomfort. If needed, give your child an over-the-counter pain reliever to help ease the pain. If the area is swollen, your child can also apply a cold compress for 15 minutes on an area of the cheek closest to the aching tooth. Please call our office for an appointment.
It is important for your little one to be active in sports as this helps build self-esteem and confidence. Dr. Gyles knows this first hand, as he was a competitive swimmer and water polo player. Depending on the sport that your child plays, a custom-made mouth guard may be just what your child needs to prevent tooth injuries. Please let Dr. Gyles know if your child is active in any sports.